Crystal Mountain has opened for Thanksgiving two out of the last three winters and hopes to do so again. They plan to remain open through the weekend if weather cooperates

Crystal has an attractive lodging package over the holiday period.  Stay one night, and  get a second night free.  The same offer will be also be available early season through Dec. 9.  Early season lift tickets will be $25 for adults and $15 for juniors (9-15). Children eight and under ski or ride free.

Skiing or riding would be a great way to work up your appetite for the resort's big Thanksgiving buffet, but if you can't, there's always the Turkey Vulture Trot -- a five kilometer run and one mile fun run/walk.

There's no truth to the rumor that the Turkey Vulture is on the menu, according to Crystal spokesperson Brian Lawson.   

"Saturday will be a great time to come out," he added.  "Hopefully, there will be a few snowflakes in the air and on the ski hill.  We set the  resort aglow for the holiday season with our First Light Celebration.  It's a wonderful family celebration."

The event begins at 5 p.m.  Watch the light show as you gather around a roaring bonfire and enjoy complimentary hot chocolate while listening to traditional holiday music. 

Crystal was recently named one of the top 10 family resorts in the nation by Parents magazine, the only resort mentioned in the Heartland.

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